Category Archives: Voices

Hey Everyone !

Mar 4, 2015 | Author: Jayson Bretton

Hello everyone!

My name is Jayson, I’m a freshman here at UC. I’m a Public Relations major looking into the field of Sports Communication. I’m pretty involved here on campus, being a part of two organizations. I am vice president of the Prestige Step Team and also I’m apart of Residence Hall Association. Besides organizations, I am also on the UC Track & Field team, GO PIONEERS! Being involved helps me to meet new people here on campus and also off campus. It’s important to make sure you are on top of all your school work, but also you want to make sure you have fun also.

I find Utica College to be a very small but comfortable school to go to. The class sizes aren’t too overwhelming and rather than being just a number at a large school, the teachers here know you very well. I am glad with my decision to come here and I’m excited to experience what more is to come.

Well, that’s just a little bit about me; I will continue to post more about UC and I hope you all continue reading. For more information about me and current events going on here on campus, follow my Twitter: @Jayson_UC.

Till next time,



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Can I Get Your Autograph? (HOMW 5)

Mar 2, 2015 | Author: Elaine Paravati

Hello, everyone!

It was great to bounce back this week after spending all of last week sick. I was really grateful to be able to attend all of my classes, not to mention to be able to breathe through my nose and stay awake for longer than three hours at a time! Thus, my highlight this week is related to one of my favorite classes (which I have written about before), English 407: Advanced Poetry Workshop.


As I have previously mentioned, my Monday/Friday poetry workshop is a favorite of mine because of the small class size and our hilarious professor, Dr. Leising. A typical day in our class involves reviewing one another’s work, discussing a reading from the week, and brainstorming as a group for a future assignment. We often use a book titled The Poetry Gymnasium to help us find new ways to develop our writing skills and stretch our comfort zones as poets. The class is always a comfortable, welcoming environment, which is especially valuable when we spend so much time having our writing critiqued. Dr. Leising is great at keeping things productive and helping us improve as writers while still making sure we feel like we can have fun and express ourselves fully.


Our text, The Poetry Gymnasium

Anyway, this past week, we were reading through The Poetry Gymnasium when we saw a familiar name referenced in the text: Gary Leising! The author mentioned reading one of Dr. Leising’s poems and how it could be interpreted many ways. I knew that our professor had written loads of poetry and had won awards for his work in the past (including Utica College’s Clark Award he was presented with at convocation this fall), but it was really cool to see him referenced in our book. Dr. Leising was very humble about the whole thing, but of course I had him autograph my book right below where his name was printed.

Some day, this signature could be worth millions. For now, maybe just half a million

Some day, this signature could be worth millions. For now, maybe just half a million.

I never imagined when I began attending Utica College that such a small college would offer classes taught by individuals that are so well-known and respected in their field. Four years later, I can say that I have learned from some truly special people who have shared their experiences and wisdom with me and really have helped me grow as a student and an individual. Dr. Leising’s shout out in our textbook is a more obvious example of just how awesome the UC faculty are, and it was definitely a memorable moment from my week!

Chef’s Fare!

Mar 1, 2015 | Author: Karita Rawlins

On many campuses across the United States you can find students complaining about the food in their dinning hall. But to be completely honest, it really is what you make of it and if you are eating the same stuff everyday for 4 years after a while it just won’t taste as good.

On Tuesday, February 10 Sodexo at Utica College did exactly what was needed to spice things up! A competition took place between three schools, Utica College (Team India), SUNY Polytechnic Institute (Team Switzerland) and Mohawk Valley Community College(Team Mexico).


The competition may have been among schools but UC students had the opportunity to win a prize of their own. Each student entered into the drawing to win a Keuring, while I was not the winner I was still excited for who ever one.

The fare opened my eyes to dishes from all over the world that I probably wouldn’t have the chance to try.

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While all of the teams were sooooo good! I had to say my favorite was Team Mexico!

When Chemicals React

Mar 1, 2015 | Author: Elaine Paravati

Sometimes, you find yourself saving a degree-required course for your final semester of college. Sometimes, that course is a science with a lecture class as well as a lab, and you have to devote over six hours per week on that class alone. Sometimes, you may be reflecting upon your life choices and wonder why you put off your lab course until your senior spring semester. Sometimes, your two best friends register for that course too, so that your chances of survival increase. This is one such circumstance.

I have never been very interested in science, mainly because I find it hard to relate to the rest of my studies. I love that psychology is a science that is extremely applicable to my daily life- in fact, sometimes I over-analyze things and may relate my life too often to my studies! On the other hand, things like geology and chemistry never came as naturally to me as psych. I definitely procrastinated my required science course due to my disinterest in science, but this semester, I had to register for something in order to graduate in May.

The class I chose as my science with a lab is Chem 105: Everyday Chemistry. Turns out, this class is the best possible lab class for a student like me, because the entire class is focused on relating chemistry concepts to everyday topics. Our professors, Dr. Thomas and Dr. Barr, explain known, familiar concepts like tye dye in terms of atomic bonds and chemical compounds. It makes science much less intimidating and way easier to understand! Plus, the labs are activities like solving a fake crime, which can be pretty entertaining.

My chemistry course is not a class that comes easily to me, but having my friends in the class with me as well as professors that are dedicated to making science relatable and fun makes the class way better. Pretty soon, people will be calling this chick “Elaine Nye the Science Guy.”

Laura and I modeling some attractive goggles. Safety first, peeps.

Laura and I modeling some attractive goggles. Safety first, peeps.

The Spring Play!

Feb 28, 2015 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

Every semester Utica College puts on a play. This year the theater department and individuals involved decided to produce two one-act plays. I attended Friday night and was entertained the entire way through.


The first play entitled, “Chamber Music” told the story of a diverse set of individuals plotting to attack others, and avoid being eaten by cannibals. The plot lines twists and storylines go off until the individuals forget what they were plotting in the first place. It is a wild ride from start to finish, with entertaining characters to keep you company.

The second play was “The Actor’s Nightmare” and it tells the tale of a man thrust into a play which he has no recollection of even being a part of. This one was my personal favorite of the two, because it really did seem like a nightmare an actor would have. The plot follows the main character’s struggles to learn his lines and participate in the play. However, the twist is that once he finally starts to understand what is happening, the scenes of the play shift to a new plot. It was very funny.


Both were thoroughly interesting plot lines, and I applaud the decision to perform two one-act productions. It was a nice change of pace to have a fresh story after intermission. The change of characters was also entertaining, because the actors had to create entirely new personas for these new characters they were portraying. Both pieces were executed well by the actors, and I loved both plays.

The hard work the performers (and all others involved) invested in the productions was obvious. If you didn’t get the chance to check out the plays this year, I recommend scoping out when the play is next year! It’s always so fun to see your peers perform, and produce work which they are proud of.

Beating Procrastination

Feb 27, 2015 | Author: Courtney Hryniowski

According to Webster’s Dictionary:


verb     pro·cras·ti·nate      \prə-ˈkras-tə-ˌnāt, prō-\

: to be slow or late about doing something that should be done: to delay doing something until a later time because you do not want to do it, because you are lazy, etc.

: to put off intentionally and habitually

: to put off intentionally the doing of something that should be done

Procrastinating is something that many college students tend to struggle with. I can admit that I am quite the procrastinator sometimes. I either have all of my work completed three weeks ahead of time or the complete opposite, where I am waiting until the last minute. Nothing is worse than rushing to finish the last paragraph of a paper an hour before class.

This semester I have really been working on setting goals for myself, both short term and long term – beating procrastination is one of them. The bad thing about procrastination is that it doesn’t just have to be with homework; there are many other aspects of your life where procrastination can come into play. I am always successful with completing a task, whether it is dealing with my academics, work, extracurricular obligations, etc. but I know that the majority of the time, I am waiting until the last minute to do so. There is a big weight lifted off of your shoulders when finishing a task early. I believe that the earlier you complete it, the better you feel. That is something I want to stress and really change in my life.

Here are some tips that I have created for myself to beat procrastination that I would like to share with you:

  • Make sure you are using your planner to its full extent – FILL IT UP! Don’t hesitate to fill your week up with assignments that are due, meeting times, and little reminders. Personally, writing things down is a great way to remember what I have to do. I also make sure that I have all of the assignments and due dates for each of my class penciled in… you can easily look at your syllabus to find out that information.
  • Lists are your friend – from to do lists to shopping lists, you can never go wrong with creating additional lists. I like to create lists for what I have that week & on the same piece of paper I note things that are coming up in the following weeks I think are very important. I put that right into my planner, keeping myself organized. There are also to do lists and task manager apps that are great, especially if you are tech savvy!
  • If you are not organized, think of fun ways to keep yourself and things in order. I love organization, if you need some words of wisdom – don’t hesitate to email me!
  • Use your resources – reach out to an RA (we love to help), one of the three ACEs, the Office of Academic Support. Google Calendar is also available through your email, which you can conveniently hook up to your phone!

Ever since I have created these tips for myself, I have seen a drastic change in two specific areas of my life. I am less stressed, no longer worrying about what I have to complete, and I have a lot more free time. Free time is wonderful, especially being a busy college student, so the more free time I have the better!

I hope you have taken away something from this blog and maybe will create some of your own tips about how to stay on track!

Student Senate

Feb 26, 2015 | Author: Kenari Flowers

Utica College Student Senate is one of the largest organizations on campus. I am currently the active vice president. Student Senate serves as the voice for all the students at Utica College by listening to the students’ issues and concerns. The goal of the organization is to stand for the student body. Being the vice president has taught me many things about myself and Utica College. I learned that there is nothing one can’t do, and if you want something to happen, or change you must strive towards it and continuously work at it.

Student Senate helped me become a stronger leader and student activist. It’s the place where students that want to see growth and change on campus meet and work towards it together. As vice president the duties seemed like a lot but with my amazing e-board and members definitely make the load easier.

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Student Senate meets Wednesday at 1pm in Bell Conference Room. All students, faculty, and staff are welcomed in these bi-weekly meetings. Our next meeting will be March 4th, and President Todd Hutton will be in attendance. Senate hopes to see you all there and hear your comments and concerns. “Be the change you seek” – Gandhi




Bundle up !

Feb 26, 2015 | Author: Kenari Flowers

Of course, its cold…Its winter!

Don’t get caught up with the winter blues, do us all a favor and BUNDLE UP!!

Once one person gets sick it spreads extremely fast.You must try to catch it quick before it catches you! The moment I feel a cold coming along I make sure to take Emergen-C. It comes in a powder form which you add to water. The powder is a boost of vitamin C to help your immune system fight the cold. Getting sick is the worst, especially now that you don’t have mom, dad or someone there to care for you. There are many precautions that can be taken to avoid getting sick. Students and faculty were delivered an email last week Tuesday from the Director of Campus Safety, Wayne Sullivan. Mr. Sullivan gave helpful hints for students and staff to beat the weather. He stated for those that will be going out in the cold to limit exposure of the outside environment to no longer than 15 minutes and also make sure you wear hats, scarfs, gloves, etc and be sure to layer. These tips were extremely helpful to face the cold weather.


Layering is something that may seem tedious but it makes a huge difference. If you’re going out in the cold please remember to throw on an extra pair of leggings ladies and fellas don’t forget your thermal. Hats and scarfs should be worn. These can prevent possible chest colds. Remember to continue to take vitamins and push fluids. Prepare to fight those yucky winter colds before they freeze you out. Use your resources the health center takes appointments as well as accepts walk ins. Walk ins can be seen at 8am until 11am Monday through Friday. Lastly, if you happened to get sick don’t hesitate to notify your professors. They don’t want to catch your cold nor do your classmates. You never want to fall behind so keep that communication open with your professors. Stay warm and well!




Feb 26, 2015 | Author: Cisse Yousouf

I have noticed one thing while attending UC. I have noticed that there are many Catholics that either work here or go to school here. I was walking around the other day and saw some ashes on many people’s foreheads. It took me back to my Catholic high school. I remembered that Lent was around and it was Ash Wednesday.

Lent started last Wednesday. For those who do not know, Lent is a season in the Christian and Catholic calendar where they focus even more on God. It is forty days before Easter. Usually for Lent, people fast and also give things up for Lent. An example is giving up playing games, smoking, drinking, or partying. Your suppose to give up something that will make you a better person for forty days.

Lent consists of
Ash Wednesday – which is the first day of Lent.

Palm Sunday – This is the day when Jesus first came into Jerusalem.

Holy Thursday – This is the day Jesus had the Last Supper with his Apostles.

Good Friday – This is the day Jesus was crucified.

Easter Sunday – This day celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus.

All this information is according to the Catholic and Christian religion. I do not intend to offend anyone. But my question for my Catholic and Christian friends is “What did you give up for Lent?”

Eating Healthy

Feb 26, 2015 | Author: Cisse Yousouf

Ever since I came to Utica College, I have been consistently working out now. I am usually in the gym for 2 to 4 hours a day everyday. I have been killing myself to gain so much weight. But gaining or even losing weight has very little to what you do at the gym or the amount of crunches you can do at home. Working out is only 20% of the work. The other 80% is nutrition. Nutrition is the most important thing in gaining weight, losing weight, or just want to be healthy. Lets look at some things that would help you keep a healthy diet.

1. Eat more greens – It is good to eat your vegetables. Many people just leave vegetables on the plate and it’s left to be thrown away.

2. Count Calories – Try counting the amount of calories you put in your body. I try consuming about 5,000 calories a day. Some people eat less calories then there suppose to.

3. Lay – off Fast food – Either if your losing or gaining weight, Mcdonalds, Burger King…etc is not the way.

4. Don’t Eat Before you sleep – Eating before you sleep isn’t a good idea. That just slows down your metabolism which can lead to health issues in the future.

5. Cut Back on Salt and Sugar – Salt and sugar can lead to health issues such as diabetes or high blood pleasure. It’s okay to have salt but don’t over do it.

These are simple things I do to at least TRY to stay healthy. You should try them.